Absolutely! Here are a few sites we've discovered while scouring for free resources to use:
Free Design Sites:
- https://vectr.com/ - Free online design site. We use it to create banners, images with text, and all kinds of things. I love that you can set you "page" to a set pixel size, and have the ability to copy pages to save time the next round. We've used this for our Carousel Islands and Banners, buttons, all sorts of things. It’s worth it to watch the tutorials.
- https://www.canva.com/ - easy to create professional looking content if you don't have Photoshop
https://spark.adobe.com/ Good way to make graphics for pages if you have Adobe Suite - there is a free version with access to icons and images
Free Resolution Testing:
- http://responsivetesttool.com/ - view any page in a variety of resolutions quickly
- Window Resizer - Chrome Extension (be sure to clear with IT!) - you works similar to the site above only you can stay on your page and just swap between resolution sizes. You can even add your own custom sizes.
- Page Ruler Redux - Chrome Extension (be sure to clear with IT!) - you can select areas of your screen to get a rough idea of how big you might want to size an image before uploading it
- https://kaboompics.com/ - free images with choice of download width and color scheme already laid out. She doesn't have a ton of photos, but the ones there are beautiful!
- https://unsplash.com/ - **** this is one of my faves, you can create collections like Pinterest/Instagram to use at a later time if you create a free account
- http://deathtothestockphoto.com – they will send you one pack of free photos to your email every month, no fee, but you may have to get IT to allow
Colors and Hex Codes:
- https://html-color-codes.info/colors-from-image/ – upload an image you like, and it will let you click any part of it to see the hex codes
- https://html-color-codes.info/ - fun preset color code chart that you can choose a preset color and get the hex code below it
- https://coolors.co/ - hex code fun tool that you can use spacebar to find coordinating colors as you lock ones you like. You can also see values lighter/darker within a hex code you type in. If you create a free account, you can save the pallets you make for later.
https://www.w3schools.com/ -Great for HTML, CSS, icons and graphics if you're into coding and want to use in a PTE or Layout (banner, toolbar, sidebar)
- https://www.flaticon.com/ - there are quite a few free icons on here to use. You can recolor them with your own colors before downloading if you like.
- https://www.freepik.com/ - this is the parent site of Flaticon.com - you can find free vectors and backgrounds here also
- https://fontawesome.com/ - vector icons and social logos. If you use PowerPoint it's easy to download as an .svg to recolor
**Disclaimer - your IT may want to approve these, Passageways isn’t connected to these sites in any way, but I hope they are helpful!
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